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Pygmalion Vocabulary List

**You will only be tested on the numbered words.  The others are there to help you when reading.**

ACT ONE

shoddy (4) adj.- cheap; flimsy; poor-quality
1. proximity (6) n- nearness; adjacency; immediacy
2. deprecating (6) v- belittling; speaking ill of

staid (6) adj.- sedate; quiet; composed
inapt (7) adj.- unfit; clumsy; awkward; slow
3. genially (8) adv.- warmly; friendly; hospitably
4. brooding (8) adj.- serious; sober; grim; unsmiling
5. impertinent (9) adj.- rude; impolite; discourteous
6. uproariously (9) adv.- noisily; loudly; excitedly
7. repudiates (9) v.- rejects; discards; declines
8. haughtily (9) adv.- arrogantly; proudly; snobbishly
9. affecting (10) v.- to pretend; to falsely portray; to imitate

10. mock (10) adj.- false; fake; pretended
bilious (11) adj.- unpleasant; distasteful; cranky
11. incarnate (11) adj.- personified; physical; in human form
mendacity (12) n.- deception; falsehood; lie


ACT TWO

12. robust (16) adj.- vigorous; healthy; strong

impetuous (16) adj.- impulsive; rash; hasty
13. malice (16) n- hostility; hate; bitterness
14. brusquely (17) adv.- abruptly; harshly; bluntly
15. deplorable (17) adj.- disastrous; tragic; unfavorable
16. vanity (17) n.- conceit; pride; narcissism
17. consequential (17) adj.- significant; important; noteworthy
18. saucy (17) adj.- insulting; rude; brassy
19. peremptorily (18) adv.- determinedly; willfully; assertively

coyly (19) adv.- shyly; bashfully; blushingly
20. prudery (21) n.- modesty; decency
21. zephyr (21) n.- a breeze; a draft; wind
22. remonstrance (23) n.- protest; objection; criticism
retort (24) v- to reply; to answer; to respond
scullery (26) n.- a pantry; a storeroom
23. abject (27) adj.- miserable; humiliating; sorry
24. deftly (27) adv.- cleverly; expertly
25. dogmatically (28) adv.- with narrow-mindedness; unchangeably; immovably
26. indignantly (29) adv.- angrily; offendedly; annoyedly
27. loftily (29) adv.- proudly; arrogantly; immodestly
28. slovenly (30) adv.- sloppily; messily; with disorder
29. unassailable (30) adj.- invincible; unconquerable
30. diffident (30) adj.- shy; timid; modest

arbitrary (31) adj.- inconstant; careless; heedless
magisterially (31) adv.- proudly; egotistically; pompously
31. audacity (32) n.- boldness; rudeness
32. rhetoric (32) n.- speech; use of words

jaunt (33) n.- an outing; a ride; a tour
33. unabashed (35) adj.- confident; certain; assertive
morality (35) n.- ethics; virtue; honor
pulpit (35) n.- a ministry; a platform
34. deferentially (37) adv.- respectfully; politely; obediently
35. incensed (38) adj.- angered; enraged; infuriated

quietude (40) n.- serenity; relief; peace


ACT THREE

36. pretension (42) n.- showing off; bragging
37. defied (42) v.- disobeyed; challenged
38. dismayed (43) adj.- horrified; alarmed; shocked
39. straitened (45) adj.- limited; restricted; restrained
40. genteel (45) adj.- polite; well-bred; mannerly; courteous

soirées (46) n.- parties; social gatherings; receptions
41. cynical (47) adj.- pessimistic; distrustful
42. infatuated (48) adj.- aroused; lusting after

indictment (49) n.- an accusation; a charge
compulsory (51) adj.- required; mandatory; obligatory
43. discreetly (51) adv.- done carefully to avoid notice; quietly; cautiously
44. sanguinary (52) adj.- savage; uncultured; untamed
45. aggrieved (52) adj.- hurt; injured; wounded
46. sulkily (52) adv.- done with a pout; sadly
47. quaintest (53) adj.- oddest; strangest; most unique

voluble (56) adj.- talkative
somnambulist (58) n.- a sleepwalker; one who is exhausted
débutante (58) n.- a young woman making her entrance into society
48. morosely (58) adv.- gloomily; sadly
49. incorrigible (59) adj.- uncontrollable; unruly; hopeless


ACT FOUR

50. accord (62) n.- agreement; consent; conformity
51. fervently (62) adv.- passionately; intensely; emotionally
52. purgatory (63) n.- torture; hell
53. presumptuous (64) adj.- bold; overconfident; forward
54. condescending (65) v.- lowering oneself; descending to an inferior level

dudgeon (67) n.- anger; fury; wrath
55. perfunctorily (67) adv.- carelessly; indifferently; recklessly
56. decorum (68) n.- decency; proper behavior; polite conduct


ACT FIVE

57. resplendently (73) adv.- radiantly; gloriously; brilliantly
58. accosts (73) v.- confronts; faces; advances upon
59. reproach (73) n.- blame; disapproval; criticism

lark (74) n.- a merry, carefree adventure; a frolic; an escapade
60. deference (75) n.- honor; obedience; submission
61. provocation (75) n.- motivation, incitement; instigation; cause; incentive
62. magnanimous (82) adj.- generous; charitable; unselfish
63. humility (84) n.- humbleness; modesty; demureness
64. sneer (84) v.- to criticize; to ridicule; to taunt; to insult
65. averted (85) adj.- turned away; turned aside

recoils (86) v.- draws back; flinches; shrinks
toadying (88) adj.- flattering others for insincere, self-serving reasons; sycophantic